The humor of the outdoors

Artist Geolyn Carvin, an outdoor enthusiast, has released the first in a series of hiking cartoon books. “On the Trail with Boots McFarland: Volume 1” captures the joys, challenges and humor of trail life. It is a unique contribution to the cartooning genre. She has completed the Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail.

“I had a lot of experiences on my hikes, mostly amazing, sometimes uncomfortable, occasionally painful, and most often humorous. I enjoyed writing a journal and soon discovered that it was fun to draw a snapshot of the trail comedy that we all experience. I’ve been drawing a cartoon weekly (more or less) ever since,” says Carvin.

The book is a collection of hiking/backpacking comics interspersed with entries from Carvin’s PCT journal. “On the Trail with Boots McFarland” is available at The Back Country in Truckee and at |